446 – Dusty Sprinfield – Son Of A Preacher Man (1968)
Written by John Hurley & Ronnie Wilkins
Produced by Jerry Wexler, Arif Mardin, Jeff Barry & Tom Dowd
Label – Atlantic
Producer Jerry Wexler often stated that the level of tension during Dusty’s famous Memphis sessions was probably a contributing factor to their overall success. The singer’s level of vocal perfectionism led to about 100 demo’s, none of which were approved by her, according to Wexler. Ironically, the best song from the project is the one which was dumped by her idol Aretha Franklin. Few could compete with the original soul queen, except for Dusty, and “Son Of A Preacher Man” shows why. A velvet croon, pitch perfect and smooth as silk, it’s baffling that she ever felt in the slightest bit insecure.